NBCRightNow.com - Immigration reform, with a path to citizenship for America's 11 million undocumented immigrants, is closer to becoming law.
This week the border security amendment of the Immigration Reform Bill passed in the Senate.
The plan calls for doubling the size of the U.S. Border Patrol to about 40,000 agents and the completion of 700 miles of fencing and the expanded use of radar and unmanned aerial drones.
The Senate hopes to hold a final vote before the start of the 4th of July recess. The House would then devote most of July on the immigration proposal and approve a bill before the August recess.
"Immigration reform has to be grounded in real border security, it's what the American people believe, and it's a principle that our majority believes in as well," said (R) House Speaker, John Boehner.
This timeframe would allow negotiators to spend the last few weeks of the summer working on a final deal that congress could approve in the fall.